Chad’s, which bills itself as “The Personal Touch Restaurant,” is just that — an American café with American food, a loyal following, and warmth that evokes the nostalgia of the 50s. Just add a jukebox and Richie Cunningham, and the picture is complete.

The restaurant is clean, cozy, the menu prices are reasonable, and it is staffed with friendly, helpful people.

Chad’s is owned by father and son team Steve and Keith Sanders, whose past restaurant endeavors include Blue Garden in Dallas, Maxine’s and the High Street Café in Salem.

Menu favorites include a cheeseburger on a homemade bun with fries ($5.75), beef stew ($5.55), and for breakfast, classic biscuits and gravy. Desserts, such as carrot cake, blackberry cobbler and bread pudding are a steal at just $1.50 (more for ala mode).

Quality and value are hallmarks of this breakfast- and lunch-only café, with the highest priced meal (steak with soup or salad, vegetables and a potato) coming in under $10. I ordered the German Sausage lunch for just $8.35, and would easily order it again.

Try Chad’s. It will take you back, fill you up, make you warm, and leave your wallet intact.